Bexley council confirm no high-rise flats within borough have cladding associated with Grenfell Tower

PUBLISHED: 13:00 07 July 2017

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It is now contacting schools and care homes to check they have fire risk assessments in place

Bexley council has confirmed no high-rise buildings within the borough have the same cladding associated with Grenfell Tower blaze.

There are 36-high-rise buildings in Bexley managed by Peabody, and Orbit, and both have announced that none of these have the aluminium type cladding. London and Quadrant do not have any high-rise accommodation.

A spokesperson for the council said: “The associations have been carrying out extra fire safety inspections and have confirmed that all of these high-rise buildings have current fire risk assessments. Peabody and Orbit have confirmed that none of their high-rise buildings have the aluminium type cladding association with Grenfell Tower.

“We have brought in extra specialisr resources to deal with issues raised by the fire. We are giving the highest priority to ensuring the safety of people in any buldings that may have similar cladding.”

Emergency services are reportedly working overtime to contribute to the London-wide council response.

The spokesperson added: “Sixteen of our trianed emergency staff have provided 22 shifts in the rest centres, community asistance centre or control rooms connected to the Grenfell Tower fire and Camden evacutations. Eight further shifts are scheduled in the next week.”

A task force, consisting of firefighters and representatives from all three housing providers, is working to get a picture of all high-rise buildings in the borough, so that further surveys, inspection or testing can be carried out.

The housing associations have put programmes in place to check on all their properties and give reassurance to tenants.

The Fire Safety Task Force is also working to gather information on other types of property, including privately-owned residential properties, schools, residential and other care facilities, plus commercial buildings.

All the borough’s community schools have been contacted and checks made that they have fire risk assessments and have made the required returns to government. They have also been given support on the management of fire risks. Similar contact has been made with local care establishments.

All council buildings have been reviewed and no major issues have emerged.

Bexley council does not own significant housing stock and has no tower blocks or other housing with cladding similar to that used at Grenfell Tower.

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